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Winnipeg police offer crime prevention tips for businesses closed due to COVID-19

Many business have had to close their doors because of the pandemic.
Many business have had to close their doors because of the pandemic. Megan Turcato / Global News

With many businesses across Winnipeg closed due to COVID-19, owners are hoping to keep their shops from being the target of criminals.

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The Winnipeg Police Service released a series of tips on Sunday after receiving a “number of inquiries from local business owners asking for advice.”

The police say most property crimes are crimes of opportunity which owners can work to prevent by taking these steps:

• Activate your alarm and video monitoring systems
• Do not leave any valuables visible or accessible
• Deactivate all scheduled door openings
• Empty or remove all ATM’s
• Move all safes and tills off-site. If not possible, empty these items and keep cash drawers open
• Remove all alcohol from the property
• Keep lights on inside and outside your business
• Post “No cash or valuables on-site” signage

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Winnipeg Police on protecting your property
Winnipeg Police on protecting your property

The police also suggest business owners regularly visit their property and consider doing so at different times, so as to not form a pattern that could be observed by would-be thieves.

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They also encourage neighbours to work together to keep an eye on each other’s properties.